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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Casting... Again

As I write this I am in Tampa, Florida.  In a hotel room.  Alone.  (Well almost alone.  I'll get to that in a sec.)

I am speaking at a ladies conference this weekend and decided to come down a day early to get in some MUCH needed quiet time with the Lord.

I have been running on empty these past few weeks, ahem, months.  That, my friend, is no good.  And I know this.  So how have I let myself get to this point?

Good question.  Same reason we all do.  L-I-F-E.

Our church has been in a season of change.  This change has created a great workload for our staff and volunteers.  But this change is good. 

Me not resting and trusting in God daily for my every need, not good.

Our home is up for sale. This is good.  But all that needs to be done to maintain it for those can-we-come-see-your-house-today calls... not good.  As a matter of fact, those things that need to be done, well they aren't getting done... at all.  So what do I do?  I stress.  Not good.

So today I have had the opportunity to step back, rest, refocus, be still, and listen to that still small voice that says once more, Cast all your cares, Tina, on me, because I care for you.

I'm caring about my house that needs to sell, my house that needs to be built, my church, my church building that needs to be built, my family, my life, my bills... 

But my God... He's caring about me.

So tonight, as I sit alone with God, I give it all to Him.  And I ask Him to forgive me for trying to take His place as the Controller of My Universe.

I am so thankful that He cares. I am so thankful that He not only cares, but that He has gone before me and He is not only standing in my today, but He is waiting for me in my tomorrow.

I love Him so.

Resting in Him tonight,

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sleeping When the Wind Blows

A young man applied for a job as a farmhand. When the farmer asked for his qualifications, the young man simply replied, I can sleep when the wind blows.

This puzzled the farmer. I can sleep when the wind blows?  What kind of qualification is that? he wondered to himself. But he liked the young man, and decided to hire him.

A few days later, the farmer and his wife were awakened in the night by a violent storm. They quickly began to check things out to see if all was secure. They found that the shutters of the farmhouse had been securely fastened and a good supply of logs had been set next to the fireplace.

All the while, the young man soundly slept.

The farmer and his wife then inspected their property. They found that the farm tools had been placed in the storage shed, safe from the elements. The tractor had been moved into the garage. The barn was properly locked. Even the animals were calm.

All was well.

The farmer then understood the meaning of the young man’s words, I can sleep when the wind blows. Because the farmhand did his work loyally and faithfully when the skies were clear, he was prepared for the storm when it broke.

So, as the wind blew that night, he was not afraid. He was sleeping in peace.

This week I pray that you won't grow weary in well doing.  Know that it is what you do in the routine of everyday life that will prepare you for the loud stormy nights... if you will allow God to prepare you.

David did not recognize it at the time, but as he was tending to the sheep, day in and day out, day in and day out, God was preparing him for the one day he would stand in front of a giant.

It was in the fields of everyday life where he had slain the lion and the bear with his very hands (Samuel 17:34-36).

As David stood in front of Goliath, he knew that if God would deliver him from a lion and a bear than surely He would deliver all of Israel from a Philistine Giant.

And the Deliver did.

David slept when the wind blew.

And so can you...

If you will allow God to prepare you in the fields of your everyday life.

Monday, August 2, 2010

When a Plan Comes Together

For those of you who are reading through the Bible with me this year we read these very famous scriptures today...

Write my answer (the vision) plainly on tablets so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.  This vision is for a future time.  It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  It will not be delayed.
Habakkuk 2:2-3

If there is one thing I know about God, it is that He is a God with a plan (Jeremiah 29:11).  If there is one thing I know about us, it is that we place a time frame on that plan.

I was so encouraged today as I read the words, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  

Ever since God called us to Christ Central Alachua we have known that God has a plan for our lives and for our church.  And more than once my husband and I have said the words, Either we trust God or we don't, as we have waited patiently for His plans to come together.

Let me bring back to your remembrance one of our verses from yesterday that said, The Lord is good... He is close to those who trust Him (Nahum 1:7).

I want to be so close to God that I can know what He wants of me before He even asks. Like yesterday at lunch, my husband said the words, I need a..., and before he even finished his sentence I was getting him a napkin. 

How did I know what he wanted?  After almost 20 years of marriage together I know him.

That's how close I want to be to God.  That's how I want to know Him.  To do that, verse 7 said we have to trust Him. 

So today, I say it again, either we trust Him or we don't to bring the vision and plan together He has laid out for our lives. 

And the great benefit of waiting is... we will get to know Him better.  And the more you know God, the more you will trust God with every aspect of your life!

I love it when a plan comes together. 

Especially a plan from God. 

Trusting as I wait,